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Midweek Memoirs of Mr Bodell

Midweek Memoirs of Mr Bodell
It's not been a good half an hour, as I've sat down to write this, just about everything that could've gone wrong,
has. But never mind, it's not like everything else in my life is going badly, oh, hang on, it is. Watford have been
shocking of late, and that is largely what this week's Memoir's refer to.

1. The F.A Cup fairytale of Cardiff, It's a fairytale for sure, but I've got to say, I dislike Cardiff City
intensely. And the reason simply is because they're a Welsh side playing in our league, our league being the English
league. Not the Welsh league. I also dislike the fact they're still in existance, I'm sure something dodgy has gone
on there to keep them afloat with the previous and more recent administration threats. But, in terms of the F.A
Cup, I'm delighted a small club has made it this far and then to the Final. There are still a few plebs who want the
likes of Manchester United and Arsenal to contest another 'thrilling' 0-0 with 4 shots in total throughout 90 minutes
but they're the sort that also support the '39th Game'. It would have been much more of a fairytale if the giant-
killers Barnsley had made it, and their Final claim was greater than Cardiff's without question.

2. The F.A Cup fairytale of Portsmouth, for Harry Redknapp, it's not the pinnacle of his career. Yet, although
he's been successful wherever he's gone, any young boy with football on the mind dreams of playing for his country
and winning the F.A Cup. Well, despite everything he's achieved, especially on the South Coast, this must be the
pinnacle of Harry's career, and certainly some sort of compensation for not winning the England manager's job. Who
cares anyway? He can be the 'Best Manager England Never Had' Part two! Although they are a reasonably established
Premiership club now, it wa sonly five years ago I can remember sitting in the East Stand and watching the Golden
Boys put in an exciting perfomance to eventually draw 2-2. Neil Cox and Micah Hyde the scorers; that takes
you back!

3. Booing Jordan Stewart is right, yes? I read a very good article on GloryHorns basically saying
everything I'm about to say, but still maintaining that by the virtue he wears the yellow shirt we should support
him. Well, to the writer, I was nearly convinced, but not quite. Sorry. The reasons to heckle him far outweigh the
reasons not to. For starters, he is naff [to say the least], he doesn't appear to care, he's painfully arrogant, he
hasn't yet signed a new deal [and though he intends to at the end of the season], until now, we've heard nothing and
now that it seems no-one else wants him, i.e. he is free to approach, yet no-one has, he's come running back to
Mummy, begging for forgiveness. Sorry Jordan, doesn't work like that. Especially when Mat Sadler and Jordan Parkes
are ten times better than you.

4. A lack off strikers It's not really Aidy's fault, but as soon as three fringe strikers go out on loan,
Henderson gets suspended and we're left with the goal filled trio of Ellington [5], Kabba [1] and John [0]. Well,
lets be harsh. John isn't up to this level. Kabba is in dire need of a loan spell in League One/Two wher he can
play every week, get back to basics and start scoring. He's shown willingness, which is at least more than 'The Duke'
has shown for us thus far. The way I see it, Ellington can leave and John should only be signed if we are promoted.

5. But, on the positive side Tamas Priskin is back, and although Henderson is also back and Ellington scored
last week, I would go Hendo-Priskin, simply because it's the big man-little man. Henderson does the hard work, and
sets up Tamas, who in theory converts his loan spell/international form to this club and bangs in a hatful to fire us
to promotion. It probably won't work that well, but when he was with Marlon up top, both wanted the ball to feet,
now there is someone to do the donkey work, who isn't a prolific scorer anyway, it makes all the more sense to pop
Priskin up top.

6. Back to the Premier League quickly, it's actually showing that is has some sort of potential to be a
vaguely exciting league for once. With Arsenal having blown the lead, Manchester United come through from a poor
start and Chelsea edging closer and closer under boo-boy Grant, it's been interesting for once. No-one except the
Chelsea 'fans' want them to win, and people seem to have a problem with Manchester United. I don't, just Ronaldo,
but it fairness to the lad, he's been magnificent this year and deserves some silverware on his mantlepeice.
At the bottom end, Bolton and Fulham look sunk and they've paid the price for bringing in numpty managers with
little experience at this level and spending money on players like Leon Andreason and Gretar Steinsson. PLAYERS NOT

Crikey, it seems so simple, I reckon I could do it, back to FM 08 for me...

Keep the faith,

Tom Bodell

Date:Wednesday April 9 2008
Time: 8:46AM


Are there any Watford fans on here at all?
will it ever happen
10/04/2008 14:47:00
Haha. A few. A Colchester fan seems to be our best poster outside of me and the doc.
10/04/2008 16:22:00
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